Foxtel breaking more 3D ground with first documentary broadcast

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Foxtel’s 3D content offering is continuing to expand, with the pay TV provider today announcing it will broadcast Australia’s first 3D documentary later this month through National Geographic on Foxtel’s dedicated 3D channel (201).

Called The Eye 3D, this doco explores the world most powerful telescope, the imaginatively titled ‘Very Large Telescope’. This powerful eye into the heavens is situated in the Atacama Desert, the summit of Cerro Paranal in Chile.

“The Eye 3D will convey an intense feeling of ‘being there’ to viewers, taking them on virtual tours inside the huge telescope domes or out walking in the desert,” said a spokesperson. “Accompanying the stunning views of the telescopes are explanations of how such a technological masterpiece functions. The lives of the astronomers, engineers, physicists and technicians at this unique outpost — 120 kilometers away from any human settlement but closer to the stars than any other place on earth — are also showcased.”

The news of this broadcast follows Foxtel’s previous 3D breakthroughs: The Sony Open golf tournament, Despicable Me 3D and the Winter X Games.

The Eye 3D will air on Foxtel 3D (201) on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 9:30pm.

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